In his statement, Prof Stapel did not directly say what his motivations were. He said he had succumbed to competitive pressures and the need to publish. But he said \”it\’s important to me to underline that the mistakes I made weren\’t for selfish reasons.\”
The review panel noted Stapel had enjoyed a position of prestige as a professor and head of his department, and that he had access to subsidies and funding for his projects as a result of the academic fraud.
Of course, prestige, pay and funding just aren\’t selfish reasons, are they?